On the evening of Wednesday, November 2nd, the NC Craft Brewers Guild hosted it’s annual Awards Banquet. Held at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, the awards banquet highlights leadership and achievement in North Carolina’s craft brewing industry.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, the Order of the Lupulin, recognizes someone who has made a contribution of outstanding significance to North Carolina’s brewing industry. This year, Oscar Wong of Highland Brewing Company was inducted into the Order of the Lupulin. Presenting the award was Highland’s head brewer Hollie Stephenson.
Each year, the NC Craft Brewers Guild honors a member of the NC State Senate and a member of the the NC House of Representatives with Legislative Leadership awards, recognizing legislative support on behalf of the craft brewing industry in our state.
This year, Representative Jon Hardister received the Legislative Leadership Award for his contributions to the craft brewing community, and work co-chairing the House ABC Committee. Representative Chuck McGrady presented the award and is also a past recipient of the honor.
Senator Terry Van Duyn has been at the forefront of craft brewing policy in her home district of Buncombe County, which includes the craft beer city of Asheville, NC. She was presented with the Legislative Leadership Award by Andrew Lemley, Government Affairs Representative of New Belgium Brewing.
The Industry Impact Award of 2016 went to veteran brewer, and restauranteur, Tyler Huntington. Tyler has played an integral role in the growth of North Carolina craft beer, opening the first NC all craft beer bar in 1998, Tyler’s Taproom, now with locations in Carrboro and Durham.
The 2016 Extra Effort Award was presented this year to Jasmine Bamlet. Jasmine has dedicated her professional and leisure time to the pursuit of all things beer. In addition to working at Clouds Brewing, she has served as intern to the Guild for the past two years, working as the NC-CBC “Kegmeister”, managing social media posts, and working on special projects.
Todd Ford of NoDa Brewing Co. presented our Community Contributor Award of 2016 to the Carolina Brewmasters. Known as one of the oldest home brew clubs in the nation, the Carolina Brewmasters hosts educational programs for its membership, as well as organizes the Charlotte Oktoberfest beer festival, donating the majority of their proceeds to charity. The award was accepted by their President, Rob Adams.
Also presented was the NC Brewers’ Cup trophy, awarded to Stuart Arnold on behalf of Fortnight Brewing Co for their Porter which won Best in Show in the 2016 competition.